Anthony Martin shines on Pro Mazda debut

St Petersburg, Florida (March 11-12, 2017): Anthony Martin made an impressive start in the Pro Mazda class in the Mazda Road to Indy Series by taking a double win on the streets of St. Petersburg.

The reigning USF2000 Champion from Western Australia made no mistakes after claiming two pole positions in qualifying for both race one and two and went on to win both races over consective days.

Driving for St Petersburg based Cape Motorsports, Martin remained under pressure virtually throughtout the 25-lap, 30-minute race one from Brazilian Victor Franzoni (Juncos Racing) before taking the chequered flag to earn his first victory in the Pro Mazda category by just 0.5084 second.

Race two Martin continued from where he left off the previous day, scoring another flag-to-flag victory in the afternoon's Allied Building Products Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.  He now boasts a perfect two-for-two record in the Pro Mazda Championship Powered by Cooper Tires and sits on 66 points in the Championship series.

Martin 22, led throughout the 40-minute race to enjoy a weekend clean sweep for himself and earn some valuable points in the championship.

Martin, last year's USF2000 Champion set a conservative pace in the early stages.  He remained ahead of Victor Franzoni for most of the race and eventually stretched out the led to over two seconds whilst laying down the fastest lap of the race, worth an additional championship point.

However that advantage was negated a few laps later when the yellow flags waved following an incident in Turn Nine.  After the track cleanup and the green flags were waved Martin took off again into the lead and sped home to win by just over a second from Franzoni.

The Pro Mazda Championship will return to action at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Grand Prix Circuit on May12-13th, 2017.

Anthony Martin (#8 Mazda/Burgess BLA-Cape Motorsports): “I’m so happy to take the sweep at St. Pete and to come away from here with the championship lead. To have Mazda backing and be driving the Soul Red colors seems to have pushed me harder than ever before. With the scholarship, there’s a lot of pressure, but I thrive on pressure and that’s one reason we’ve done so well this weekend. This race was 40 minutes which was much longer than yesterday’s race, so once I was able to get a gap I just drove to a lap time and kept it consistent. Just when I was starting to push harder to widen the gap, the safety car came out. It may have looked easy, but it was hard. As a race car driver, you want to drive hard all the time, so to hold yourself back is very difficult.” 

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